Silencer equipment and new flight paths will be introduced at Elstree Aerodrome to reduce excessive aircraft noise, in a breakthrough agreement between management and local campaigners.
It comes after years of complaints from residents about the disturbance caused by planes overflying North Bushey when taking off or landing at the airfield.
The new measures follow a meeting at the aerodrome last month, where Bushey Lib Dem campaigner Laurence Brass presented manager Mike Murphy with noise complaints he’d received from members of the community.
As a result, it’s now been agreed that all planes used for pilot training, which is 80 per cent of Elstree’s traffic, will be fitted with silencing equipment.
Planes will also no longer be allowed to turn over North Bushey, instead, they will be required to first fly north to Bricket Wood before turning south to reduce disturbance to residents.
Laurence Brass, a campaigner said: “Bushey’s Lib Dem councillors and I have been determined to curb noise from Elstree Aerodrome, so I’m delighted that Mike Murphy and his team have finally begun listening to residents’ complaints and taking action.
“I’m also encouraged that the aerodrome is seemingly getting tougher on pilots who break the rules. They recently banned one owner for flying off circuit and with excessive noise.
“It’s too soon to say that the problem has been completely solved, but they’ve taken important steps in the right direction.”